Sunday 24 September 2017

Hayman insists Toulon are losing 'mercenaries' tag

Carl Hayman, Toulon
Carl Hayman, Toulon

Carl Hayman believes Toulon are consigning their image of galactico "mercenaries" to history as they continue their bid to make an indelible mark on the European rugby record books this weekend.

The back-to-back Heineken Cup winners are taking nothing for granted as they host Wasps in the last of the weekend's quarter-finals tomorrow as they bid for a historic hat-trick.

Hayman, the former All Blacks prop who retires at the end of the season, is hugely motivated to end his career on a high.

"We are the champions and the motivation comes from wanting to stay there," the 35-year-old said.

"In the past, people have regarded Toulon as a bunch of mercenaries signing up to enjoy the sun in the south of France but we are all professionals who work hard and that has shown with the success of recent seasons

"People mention that no team has won the title three times in a row, but we really cannot look past the quarter-final and Wasps."

Tomorrow's other Anglo-French tie in which Saracens visit Racing Metro looks trickier to call, while a third cross-Channel clash sees Northampton, without George North who suffered his fourth knock to the head in five months against Wasps last weekend, visit Clermont Auvergne.

Clermont v Wasps,

today, Sky Sports 2, 6.45;

Racing Metro v Saracens, tomorrow, BT Sport, 1.45;

Toulon v Wasps,

tomorrow, Sky Sports 2, 4.15

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